request for subtag for Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Mon Nov 17 23:33:15 CET 2014

Can you explain briefly the process of making new ISO639-3 codes? Who makes
the decisions? Can a language get the ISO639-3 code without the aproval of
the government in their country?

2014-11-17 22:23 GMT+01:00 Registrar ISO639-3 <iso639-3 at>:

> Dear IETF community,
> I have not received any request to create a code for Elfdalian. Because of
> the history of ISO 639-3, many dialect vs. language decisions were not
> settled prior to the codeset being established. When there is a lot of
> disagreement among local linguists, the situation remains as is, rather
> than having codes created.
> I am glad that Mr. Blakstad has made this request, which will help to
> provide a way to identify Elfdalian.
> Melinda Lyons
> ISO 639-3 RA
> SIL International
> 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
> Dallas, TX 75236
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